Photo by Lorie Palmer
Alena Flocchini of Big Cedar sings with the Idaho County Orchestra at the Feb. 14 Cristo Vive dinner in Grangeville, which was held at the Senior Citizens Center.
As of Tuesday, March 3, 2015
GRANGEVILLE — How do locals show the love of Jesus Christ? Through action.
More than 100 people attended the third annual Cristo Vive Valentine fund-raiser dinner Feb. 14 to benefit Cristo Vive. Cristo Vive means “Christ Lives” and the organization’s goal is to “provide children and youth with disabilities and their families an opportunity to experience the love of God and faith in Christ through a fun and engaging camp experience.”
Each summer a camp is offered at ALACCA Bible Camp in Harpster.
“This organization was started in 1998 and came to Idaho eight years ago,” explained Idaho CV coordinator Carol McLean of Clearwater.
McLean told dinner-goers there were three ways in which they could help:
“Pray. That’s the most important thing,” she emphasized. “Sign up to help at the camp. Donate money.”
Camp costs about $400 per participant. Volunteer cooks, chaperones, cabin counselors and other helpers also raise funds to attend.
“I think the best part of being at the camp is the blessing of the kids,” said Grangeville High School sophomore Tristan Riener who helped at the camp for the first time last summer. “There is never a dull moment and I’m excited for this year.”
Abby Gates, who has helped twice at the camp, said she most enjoyed working on skits with the campers.
“They just loved it and I love hearing them laugh,” she said.
The evening included entertainment by the Idaho County Orchestra featuring singers Alena Flocchini of Big Cedar and Walt Asbe of Kamiah, in addition to KORT radio personality and country western singer Myra Pierce.
For information on the August camp in Harpster call 926-7632 or e-mail email@example.com.